Pitching
Joe Saunders
ERA4.26

JoeSaunders

SEASON CAREER
W10 88
L13 78
G27 216
IP157.1 1318.2
BB53 407
SO85 747
Saturday, August 31st 7:10 PM ET
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
 

DallasKeuchel

SEASON CAREER
W5 8
L7 15
G26 42
IP125.0 210.1
BB42 81
SO91 129
Pitching
Dallas Keuchel
ERA5.01
Seattle Mariners VS. 

Dallas Keuchel

Career vs. Seattle
0-1
1.13 ERA
HITTERS AB AVG H HR RBI BB SO OBP OPS SLG
Dustin Ackley 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jason Bay 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Raul Ibanez 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Kendrys Morales 0 .000 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 1.000 .000
Michael Morse 3 .667 2 0 1 0 0 .667 1.334 .667
Brendan Ryan 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Kyle Seager 1 .000 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Kelly Shoppach 0 .000 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 1.000 .000
Justin Smoak 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Houston Astros VS. 

Joe Saunders

Career vs. Houston
2-1
5.59 ERA
HITTERS AB AVG H HR RBI BB SO OBP OPS SLG
Jose Altuve 9 .333 3 0 1 1 0 .400 .733 .333
Rick Ankiel 4 .000 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Brandon Barnes 3 .333 1 0 0 1 1 .500 .833 .333
Erik Bedard 2 .500 1 0 0 0 1 .500 1.000 .500
Travis Blackley 2 .000 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Chris Carter 10 .300 3 1 1 2 2 .417 1.017 .600
Jason Castro 3 .333 1 0 0 0 1 .333 .666 .333
Ronny Cedeno 5 .800 4 1 3 0 0 .800 2.400 1.600
Carlos Corporan 2 .500 1 0 0 0 0 .667 1.167 .500
Matt Dominguez 6 .500 3 0 2 0 0 .500 1.000 .500
Robbie Grossman 3 .667 2 0 0 0 0 .667 2.000 1.333
Brandon Laird 3 .667 2 0 1 0 0 .667 2.000 1.333
J.D. Martinez 5 .200 1 0 2 0 2 .200 .600 .400
Justin Maxwell 6 .167 1 0 0 1 1 .286 .453 .167
Bud Norris 2 .000 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
Carlos Pena 9 .000 0 0 1 2 3 .167 .167 .000

Mariners beat Astros 3-1 for 3rd straight victory

HOUSTON (AP) -- Mariners left-hander Joe Saunders would have preferred to keep going after throwing 86 pitches in Saturday night's 3-1 win over the Astros.

But considering the struggles of both he and his team, he will take it.

"We still won," Saunders said. "That's all that matters."

Saunders pitched into the sixth inning for his first win in nearly a month, and Seattle beat Houston.

Kendrys Morales , Nick Franklin and Dustin Ackley each drove in a run in the first inning for the Mariners, who had lost six in a row before the series against the major league-worst Astros.

Seattle will have Hisashi Iwakuma on the mound when it goes for a series sweep Sunday.

Mariners manager Eric Wedge saw plenty of room for improvement after the game.

"You'd like to keep going. I mean, we had opportunities," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "We played sloppy baseball in the second half of a baseball game.

"We had opportunities offensively and misplayed some balls defensively, (but) in the end we won the ball game."

Saunders (11-13) allowed an unearned run and six hits over 5 1-3 innings in his first win since Aug. 4 at Baltimore. The left-hander was 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA in his previous four starts.

"I still think there's a full moon when I pitch or something, because there is some crazy (stuff) going on in my games," Saunders said. "So it was nice to get a `W' for sure."

Matt Dominguez and Brandon Barnes had two hits apiece for Houston (44-91), which is headed for its third straight 100-loss season.

Dallas Keuchel (5-8) got off to a rough start, and the Astros never recovered.

Seattle jumped on Keuchel for three runs in the first inning. Morales had a run-scoring infield hit before Keuchel issued consecutive walks to Raul Ibanez and Franklin to force home another run. Ackley then made it 3-0 on a groundout that brought home Morales.

Kyle Seager also had two hits for the Mariners.

Keuchel had a nice outing after the rocky first, striking out eight in seven innings. He allowed four hits and walked two, at one point retiring 12 consecutive batters.

"He threw well," Mariners shortstop Brad Miller said of Keuchel. "He had a good stretch. I know there (on) my second at-bat he was starting to get into a rhythm, so obviously we're glad we jumped out early on him."

Saunders left the game with two on and one out, with Wedge preferring to go with Carter Capps for the right-on-right matchup with Jake Elmore .

"I wasn't happy about coming out of the game," Saunders said. "I'm never happy about coming out of a game. I thought I had a lot left in the tank, but he's the manager for a reason and he makes those decisions."

After Saunders left the game, Capps and Yoervis Medina each pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings before Danny Farquhar finished for his 11th save.

"Saunders was a little erratic but controlled damage," Wedge said. "The bullpen did a nice job."

Houston had a chance to get back in the game in the second. Dominguez led off with a single and Chris Carter then walked before Barnes grounded into a double play.

The Astros loaded the bases with two walks, but rookie Cody Clark bounced into a forceout to end the threat, with shortstop Brad Miller making a key stop.

The Astros scored in the fourth when Barnes singled with one out and scored on an error by Franklin at second.

Houston went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position.

"We just can't seem to be able to get the big hit," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "We've had plenty of opportunities and have had men in scoring position, but it just seems like the big hit is avoiding us at this point."

NOTES: Mariners SS Brad Miller has reached safely in 12 consecutive games. ... Astros INF Jake Elmore recorded his first major league steal in the second inning. ... The Mariners lead the season series 10-5, having taken eight of the past nine games. ... Porter said after the game that the Astros have recalled RHP Jorge De Leon and OF Trevor Crowe from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Both will be active Sunday.

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